RE: [Valley_Eye] ROCK - Local youth program honored
Thanks for sending this out.
I was very surprised and excited to get the call on this one. Unexpected funding is always a good thing!
By the way, I am always open to anyone feeling the desire to learn more about ROCK.
Real Options for City Kids
(415) 333-4001 ext 1#
Youth Programs in Mission District & Visitacion Valley
Win First-Ever Rosenberg Awards for Excellence in Youth Service
Team-Up for Youth™ today named Real Options for Kids (ROCK) in Visitacion
Valley and Jamestown Community Center in the Mission District of San
Francisco as the first-ever recipients of the Louise & Claude Rosenberg
Awards for Excellence in Youth Service. The awards, each of which carries
a $25,000 grant, will be given to two San Francisco sports-based youth
development programs by Team-Up for Youth, an Oakland-based agency that
supports sports programs that help low-income youth thrive.
ROCK is dedicated to nurturing the positive development and long-term
success of the youth it serves through a combination of in-school and
after-school learning enrichment, sports and fitness, leadership training,
outdoor adventure, and summer camp opportunities. Its programs serve
girls and boys ages 6 – 17 who live or attend school in Visitacion Valley.
The Jamestown Community Center provides 500 Mission District kids each
year with the opportunity to learn, play and grow through a range of
after-school and summer programs – from art to theater, dance to soccer,
and youth leadership to academic tutoring. Because of Jamestown, kids in
this low-income neighborhood have reaped the benefits of participation in
sports, increasing their emotional, social, and physical health.
“These two programs have an extraordinary record of creating inspirational
experiences for disadvantaged youth, invigorating the families they serve
and enriching their communities,” said Team-Up for Youth Executive
Director Janet Carter. “Both serve girls as well as boys, and have become
invaluable pillars of their communities. We are so proud to give the
Jamestown Community Center and Real Options for Kids the first-ever
Rosenberg awards, and to support their sustainability through the grants
Team-Up for Youth provides coaches to both agencies through its flagship
Coaching Corps™ program, through which it partners with colleges and
universities, volunteer centers, and after-school programs to recruit,
train and place college students and community members in youth sports
programs. Since 2002, Team-Up for Youth has also provided technical
expertise, training, and resources to both organizations to sustain their
programs and encourage growth.
“We are honored to have been chosen for this award, in particular because
it recognizes the hard work of our staff members and the value we place on
providing Mission District kids with a wide range of programs that promote
their positive and healthy development,” said Jamestown Community Center
Executive Director Claudia Jasin. “We applaud the Rosenbergs for their
on-going commitment to San Francisco youth and families, and we are
grateful to Team-Up for Youth for the many ways it has helped us improve
our youth development work through sports.”
“We are delighted that Team-Up for Youth is recognizing Real Options for
Kids in this way,” said its Executive Director, Curt Yagi. “It is quite
an honor, especially given the many organizations that are doing
extraordinary sports-based youth development work in the Bay Area. This
award will allow us to reach even more youth, which is especially
important during these tough economic times. The prestige this honor
brings gives our entire agency a boost. We are tremendously grateful for
The Louise and Claude Rosenberg Awards honor the family's longtime
commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and their
families in San Francisco. Their support of positive youth development
programs has provided countless young people with mentors, educational
opportunities, and safe places to go after school.
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Team-Up for Youth helps to create after-school sports opportunities for
disadvantaged girls and boys that build their confidence and skills,
connect them to mentors and improve their prospects in school and in life.
More information is available at www.teamupforyouth.org.
Visitacion Valley, "The Gateway to San Francisco"